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Human Rights Watch Letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on Iranians Held by the US in Iraq

Posted by alanmirs on July 23, 2007


July 16, 2007  
 
Dr. Robert M. Gates  
Secretary of Defense  
1000 Defense Pentagon  
Washington, DC 20301-1000  
 
Dear Secretary Gates:  
 
We are writing to you with regard to the legal status of the five Iranian officials who have been detained in Iraq under the authority and control of the United States military since January 11, 2007. Human Rights Watch remains concerned about the legal basis for the arrest of the five Iranians, who may have been accredited diplomats at a consular office; the unwillingness of the US to transfer the Iranians to Iraqi authorities for prosecution under Iraqi law; and, the US failure to provide the Iranians fundamental due process rights. Human Rights Watch calls upon the US government to address these issues or promptly order their release.  

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